Play-off Records

These tables cover Football League play-off results since 1986. The seasons Reading have reached the play-offs are 1994-95 (Division 1), 2000-01 (Division 2), 2002-03 (Division 1), 2008-09 (Championship), 2010-11 (Championship) and 2016-17 (Championship). Their complete record as follows:

            PL     W    D    L    GF    GA    PTS    P3/PL
HOME         6     2    2    2     3     4      8    1.333
AWAY         6     2    2    2     8     5      8    1.333
NEUTRAL      4     0    1    3     7    11      1    0.250
TOTAL       16     4    5    7    18    20     17    1.062
(6 seasons)

This can be broken down by opponent as follows (for details see here).

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS    P3
 1. Cardiff City         2   0  1  0   0   0   1  0  0   3   0    4     4
 2. Tranmere Rov         2   0  1  0   0   0   1  0  0   3   1    4     4
 3. Fulham               2   1  0  0   1   0   0  1  0   1   1    4     4
    Wigan Athletic       2   1  0  0   2   1   0  1  0   0   0    4     4
 5. Huddersfield T       1   0  0  0   0   0   0  1  0   0   0    0     1
 6. Bolton Wand          1   0  0  0   0   0   0  0  1   3   4    0     0
 7. Walsall              1   0  0  0   0   0   0  0  1   2   3    0     0
 8. Swansea City         1   0  0  0   0   0   0  0  1   2   4    0     0
 9. Wolverhampton W      2   0  0  1   0   1   0  0  1   1   2    0     0
10. Burnley              2   0  0  1   0   2   0  0  1   0   1    0     0

Reading's record of no promotions in six attempts in the play-offs is by no means the worst. Brentford and Sheffield United have none in eight, and Bury also none in six, although both Sheffield United and Bury were promoted via Test Matches in the 1890s. The most successful teams are Blackpool who have five promotions in eight attempts, followed by Huddersfield (four in nine) and Crystal Palace (four in seven). Preston have the most play-off appearances, finally winning promotion at the tenth attempt.

For complete results of the play-offs in divisions involving Reading see here. There were also play-offs, called Test Matches, to decide promotion and relegation between the Southern League Division 1 and Division 2 from 1894 to 1903, however Reading were never involved.

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